Day 6

Day 6: Depression & Sadness

Psalm 42:1-3, 9-11

1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
   so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
   When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food
   day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
   “Where is your God?”

9 I say to God my Rock,
   “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
   oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
   as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
   “Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
   Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
   for I will yet praise him,
   my Savior and my God.
Discussion: In life, we experience both joy and sadness. For some of us, sadness can sink into darker, deeper depression. Maybe this current season is a season of sadness and depression for you. When we are in these down seasons, we can find some comfort in psalms of lament such as Psalm 42.

Psalm 42 is certainly not a cheerful psalm. It begins by expressing a feeling of longing that remains unfulfilled, a thirst that remains unquenched. The psalmist is so deep in depression that he is not eating and cannot help but cry all day and night. People around him are even questioning his faith in God, and the psalmist himself has moments where he wonders where God is during his suffering. He is deeply disturbed in his soul. But, at the end of the psalm, he reminds himself to put his hope in God and praises him despite his current circumstances because he knows that God is his savior.

Despite the deep sadness and depression expressed in this psalm, the psalmist continues to hold onto hope because he knows God is his savior. When we are in seasons of sadness and depression, this psalm reminds us to also hold onto hope. God is with us in our suffering, even when we cannot see him or feel him, and it is through Jesus, our Lord and Savior, that our greatest hope can be found.

Engagement:
  1. Read Psalm 42 again.
  2. Reflect on Psalm 42. Try to rephrase it into your own language and connect it to your own situation. If you enjoy writing or journaling, try to rewrite your own version of this psalm.
  3. Pray using Psalm 42 as your guide. Express your sorrows honestly to God. Ask Him to intercede in your circumstances and make you aware of His comforting presence. Praise Him and thank Him for giving you hope through Jesus.
  4. Worship God. Check out these songs on our playlist: “Psalm 42” by Tori Kelly, “Even When It Hurts (Praise Song)” by Hillsong UNITED, & “Yet Will I Praise You” by Passion
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